Mood, Mind & Microbes


The 1st international conference on microbes and the brain


1-2 December, Amsterdam





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The gut-brain axis


The ability of the gut microbiota to communicate with the brain is a new, rapidly growing research field, resulting in promising discoveries relating to health and disease. During the Mind, Mood & Microbes conference, the latest knowledge in this field will be presented and attempts will be made to convert this knowledge into applications in clinical practice.  


Mounting evidence suggests that there is two-way communication between the gut microbiota and the brain. We know for a while that the brain affects the intestines. However, a new discovery is that the gut microbiota seems to help shape neural development, brain biochemistry and behaviour. Preclinical research has shown that the gut microbiota can affect the central nervous system via neural, hormonal, metabolic and immunological routes. The results of the first studies among humans into the potential of microbiota management to promote a healthy brain function are promising. The microbiota-gut-brain axis is a very new field. Many things are still unknown how the microbiota affects the brain function. If people succeed in unravelling only a fraction of this field over the coming years, the microbiota-gut-brain axis may become a promising target for influencing mood and behaviour, for instance in people with anxiety disorders and depression, but also in the prevention of conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and autism.




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Converting scientific results into possibilities for clinical practice will be one of the next big challenges. Winclove is one of the initiating partners of the first conference specifically concerned with the niche field of the microbiota-gut-brain axis: Mind, Mood & Microbes. During this conference, people from various fields of expertise – from microbiology and gastroenterology to neurology, psychiatry and psychology – will get together.

The conference not only offers a podium for presentation of the latest developments in research, but is also being held specifically to enable researchers and health care professionals to meet and discuss the subject from their different perspectives. By making these connections and enabling people to learn from each other’s points of view, the conversion from research into clinical practice will be promoted. Besides scientists, health care professionals are therefore also encouraged to take part.   

The conference will be held in The Royal Tropical Institute on 1 and 2 December 2016. As part of the conference programme, participants will naturally also visit Micropia – the only museum in the world which makes micro-organisms visible to the public at large. 

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Advisory committee:

• Prof.dr. John F. Cryan University College Cork, Ireland
• Prof.dr. Jane Foster McMaster University, Canada
• Dr. Rochellys Diaz Heijtz Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
• Dr. Saskia van Hemert Winclove, the Netherlands
• Dr. Elaine Hsiao University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
• Prof.dr. Marion Leboyer University Paris Est Créteil, France
• Prof.dr. Emeran Mayer University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
• Prof.dr. Iris Sommer University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands
• Dr. Laura Steenbergen Leiden University, the Netherlands

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